best makeup for skin tone

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Fair: Sephora Collection Colorful 5 Eye Contouring Palette in Light
With matte and shimmery finishes, this neutral palette is ideal for a wash of color, a dramatic evening eye, and everything in between.

Fair to Medium: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Silver Couture
Hit platinum with this quad of three metallic shadows and a gray liner. A numbered diagram shows where each color goes.
$10; drugstores

Medium: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Velour Vixen With sparkly eggplant for the lid, burgundy for the crease, and beige for the browbone, a romantic smoky eye is easy as 1-2-3.
$3; drugstores

Medium to Dark: Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quad in 316
Go for the glow with these silky brown and gold shadows, which add depth and warmth to darker skin.

Dark: Maybelline New York Color Tattoo Eye Chrome in Electric Emerald
Want to strike it rich? One swipe of this emerald cream gives lids crease-free, jewel-tone color.
$10; drugstores


Fair: BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Weekend
For the most sophisticated nude, enhance your natural lipcolor with this slightly deeper, delicate peach, which dries down to a matte.

Fair to Medium: Mary Kay Gel Lipstick Semi-Matte in Always Apricot
Thinking pink? This peony shade is a sophisticated twist in a creamy semi-matte formula.

Medium: Nars Velvet Lip Glide in No. 54
This raspberry hybrid looks and feels like a gloss, but has the pigment-packed punch of a lipstick.

Medium to Dark: Shiseido Rouge Rouge in Rouge Rum Punch
Ravishing against a caramel complexion, this deep berry lipstick is sure to become your jam this fall.

Dark: YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain in 411 Rhythm Red
The chicest way to dress up your lips: this fresh formula in a vibrant color that’s stunning on dark skin.


Fair: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Mauve-olous
Pale pinks can wash out alabaster skin, so choose a hue that’s slightly darker, like this dusty rose.
$10; drugstores

Fair to Medium: Jin Soon Nail Polish in Dandy
Swap your standby pinks and reds for this versatile bluish purple, which creates a flattering contrast on lighter skin.

Medium: Essie Nail Polish in Berried Treasures
Summer’s over, but you don’t have to say goodbye to your flashy, bold shades. This juicy pink is gorgeous year-round, especially against olive skin.

Medium to Dark: OPI Nail Lacquer in Kerry Blossom
A vivid hue isn’t the only way to create drama. This rich plum proves that dark berries are equally eye-catching against deep skin tones.

Dark: Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy in Lovestruck
Give this periwinkle polish a hand: It looks even brighter (and more beautiful) against ebony skin.